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KY Rep: Rand Paul Has 'Embarrassed Kentuckians In The Eyes Of The World'

Evan McMorris-Santoro | May 20, 2010, 12:52PM

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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) has some strong words for fellow Bluegrass State politician Rand Paul (R). Just a day after Paul handily won the Republican Senate nomination, Yarmuth said the tea party favorite has tarnished Kentucky's image with his highly publicized comments about the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

"Rand Paul has already embarrassed Kentuckians in the eyes of the world," Yarmouth said in a statement. "The Commonwealth deserves better because we are better - and I call on Mitch McConnell and my other colleagues in the Kentucky Congressional Delegation to join me in condemning his despicable views."

Yarmouth called Paul's libertarian take on the landmark 1964 law -- Paul takes issue with portions of the legislation banning discrimination in private businesses -- "simply appalling."

"Rejecting the fundamental provision of the Civil Rights Act is a rejection of the foundational promise of America that all men and women should be treated equally," Yarmuth said, "a promise for which many Americans have lost their lives."

In a statement released by his campaign this afternoon, after Paul's controversial statements threatened to dominate the entire national discussion about the Kentucky race, Paul said he "will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964" if he is elected.

Yarmuth said that even Paul's comment to Rachel Maddow that he would have raised objections to the private business discrimination ban had he been in Congress when the Civil Rights Act was being debated goes too far.

"Leading is not hypothetical debating," Yarmuth said. "it's about solving real problems."

"It is the job of a Member of Congress to represent the needs of every one of their constituents," Yarmuth continued. "Not to allow businesses to segregate or discriminate against them."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2010 1:03 PM   

The GOP public darling has taken a position of defending the right to segregate in public accommodations on the basis of race, gender, and disability. So what's next, abolish social security and Medicare?

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May 20, 2010 1:08 PM    in reply to cmpnwtr

Pretty close...Conway will win this with a well-run campaign.

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May 20, 2010 1:16 PM    in reply to Philv

We'll see if Conway is Jim Webb or Creigh Deeds.

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May 20, 2010 1:07 PM   

"I call on Mitch McConnell and my other colleagues in the Kentucky Congressional Delegation to join me in condemning his despicable views."

Hope he's got a book or two to read while he waits for that to happen! :)

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May 20, 2010 2:12 PM   

Er... Kentucky voters elected this clown. At least some of them had to have some idea what and whom they were voting for.

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May 20, 2010 2:44 PM    in reply to Technowitch

Paul was just nominated, not elected to anything. And more Kentuckians voted for the *runner-up* Democrat, Dan Mongiardo, than voted for Paul.

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May 20, 2010 3:45 PM    in reply to teapot37

But Rand got that nomination in spite of massive spending by Republicans to prevent him from getting that nomination, and massive media misrepresentation of his own views and record, and dirty tricks of all kinds from Democrats. Ironically, if he wins, both Democrats and Republicsans ALSO win, because it will bring us ALL closer than we've ever been to a constitutional republic (not a "democracy").

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May 20, 2010 2:36 PM   

It would be interesting to see if this dynosaur Yarmouth could point to just ONE person who benefitted from the 1964 Civil Rights Act, considering all the damage it's done to the US Constitution. It must, and eventually will be, repealed, no matter what Rand thinks about it.

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May 20, 2010 3:41 PM    in reply to eaja

Yarmouth can point to me as a person who has benefited from the Civil Rights Act. I am an American of European descent who both appreciates -- and directly benefits from -- living in a nation that at least nominally provides equality of opportunity to all of its citizens.

We can debate until we are blue in the face about the value and legitimacy of such redistributive measures as progressive taxation, welfare, etc. What we are talking about here, however is something much more basic -- equality of opportunity in a free society. That is a *conservative* principle that aligns strongly with the tenets of neoclassical economics and free markets. The long-term stability of our society and the vitality of our market economy depend on that bedrock principle, however imperfectly it is realized.

If you are more than simply a bigot, I would suggest you take an honest look at precisely which core principles you believe are worth defending in our system of laws.

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May 20, 2010 5:33 PM    in reply to eaja

God, I am so sick of listening to libertarians and teanuts yammer on and on about a Constitution that exists only in their imaginations.

Look Bozo, under the real Constitution, as written and as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was and is a perfectly Constitutional exercise of Congressional power, one that has made this country immeasurably better than it was before. It has fundementally changed the American conception of morality, redefined the civic boundaries and reset expectations of normal and decent behavior. I assume you're just too damn young to remember how white people--both north and south--acted, talked and thought in this country two generations ago, but I am. To suggest it hasn't done anything of use is just willful ignorance of the most pernicious kind.

The purpose of the Civil Rights Act was to break down the very social system that propagated racism, change the social norm from one of approval or acceptance to one of at least outward abhorrance and it succeeded brilliantly. By forcing restaurants to serve black people, we forced whites to eat with them which, in turn, cracked the underlying mentality that the world would end or something if the races mixed in social, work and public contexts.

And that was a perfectly Constitutional exercise of the Commerce power granted to Congress by the Constitution, one that accomplished transformative social good, all at the terrible "cost" of forcing some hateful ignoramuses to expand their customer base.

I wish like hell you people would just go start your own goddamned country somewhere where you could live under your imaginary Constitution in an unrestrained capitalist. I really wish you could do tha instead of constantly whining about wanting my country "back." No. You can't have it. We're using it and we like having a government that governs.

And you're a tiny, deranged minority so, no, you can't have it.

I suggest Somolia. You'll love it. Just your kind of place. No government to speak of.

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May 20, 2010 6:38 PM   

Well, as a Kentuckian, I am embarrassed by this teabag idiot. But that's exactly where we in Kentucky want the GOP -- turning its back on the chairman of the congress of people's deputies, Mitch McConnell, and embracing an even more outrageous right-wing extremist.

So the choice is now clear: Elect a center of the road Dem, Jack Conway, or go with some wingnut who thinks the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a bad idea. And I can hardly wait to find out what other things this Nazi thinks are bad ideas ...

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May 21, 2010 12:33 AM   

Now Kentucky can live up to it's reputation as a hell hole for inbred racist hillbilly pricks deserving the Confederate Party of Republicanism.

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May 21, 2010 1:00 AM   

"So the choice is now clear: Elect a center of the road Dem, Jack Conway, or go with some wingnut who thinks the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a bad idea. And I can hardly wait to find out what other things this Nazi thinks are bad ideas "

Are you even aware that most polls from the very forum you are on, TPM, show that dynasaur Conway has an unfavorabability rating of 45%, compared to only 28% for Rand Paul?


Or more importantly, that if the elections were held right now, Rand would get 69%, compared to only 44% for Conway?

Already, with little debate, more than two thirds of your fellow Kentuckians support this "nazi" Rand, compared to less than half who support your dynasaur Conway!

btw, more than two thirds supported Rand BEFORE he articulated his opinion about the Civil Rights Act. The next poll will show is support skyrocketed since then (while dynasaurs like Conway and Yarmuth slip into oblivion where they belong).

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May 21, 2010 9:32 AM   

"Now Kentucky can live up to it's reputation as a hell hole for inbred racist hillbilly pricks deserving the Confederate Party of Republicanism."

You need to wake up and smell the coffee. These very polls on TPM, the very forum you're quoting on, indicate that your politicians Yarmouth and Conway (and even Beshear) don't at all represent the views of the majority of Kentuckians. I'm a Virginian, not a Kentuckian, but I cannot even begin to express in words how insulted I am by dynasaur Yarmouth's denigrating language against Rand Paul (which has little to do with real politics and everything to do with censoring free political speech).

It's not Rand Paul's' right to criticize the infinitely evil Civil Rights Act--it's his DUTY to do so.

 

 

 

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